Daily Devotionals

Matthew 22: 34-40

Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
-Matthew 22: 34-40

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Dave Wottle

Dave Wottle is known as the gold medalist in the golf cap. He competed in one of the most famous races in modern Olympic history. During the 1972 Olympics in Munich, Germany. He represented the United States in the 800-meter run. He raced against a formidable group of athletes from around the world, including a tremendous athlete from the former Soviet Union.

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Paul and Barnabas

The story of the Apostle Paul’s conversion is a pivotal story in the life of Christianity. Paul was a young Jewish leader who was focused on combating the growing number of people who were following Jesus. Paul decided to expand his persecution of Christians to Damascus. While on the road to Damascus, Paul is knocked off his horse and blinded. At the same moment, he hears the voice of Jesus. From this moment on Paul, who once persecuted the Church, now works to spread the news of the risen Christ around the world.

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Luisa Torres

I am Luisa K. Torres, an eighteen-year-old teenage girl; I was born on a frontier considered as the most dangerous and violent in the world, Juarez City. I had to live a childhood where I could not play outside in the park with other children, because of the insecurity and gunshots that were present everywhere in the city– No zone was safe anymore, and during the attacks there was always a collateral victim. A devastated monotony emerged in my life. From home to school, and from school to home. The games and adventures of a child were interrupted by the public vulnerability of my country.

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Hairspray

Hairspray is the story of a weight-challenged (plump) Baltimore teenager named Tracy Turnblad. Set in the 1960’s, Tracy’s dream is to dance on the Corny Collins show which is a local after school dance show. Tracy is thought to be too chubby to ever win a spot on the popular show but her enthusiasm and infectious personality win out and she gets her spot on the TV show. Hairspray is one of our featured shows in this year’s St. Luke’s on Broadway.

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Many Roles

I love the St. Luke’s On Broadway sermon series. It is one of the most exciting and fun times during the year. The music is thrilling and the sermons always have a powerful story and challenge. It is a joy to welcome the many visitors we have during this time. It is truly a wonderful time for St. Luke’s.

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Daily Devotionals

Genesis 37:1-8

Jacob dwelt in the land of his father’s sojournings, in the land of Canaan. This is the history of the family of Jacob. Joseph, being seventeen years old, was shepherding the flock with his brothers; he was a lad with the sons of Bilhah and Zilpah, his father’s wives; and Joseph brought an ill report of them to their father. Now Israel loved Joseph more than any other of his children, because he was the son of his old age; and he made him a long robe with sleeves. But when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably to him. Now Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers they only hated him the more. He said to them, “Hear this dream which I have dreamed: behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and lo, my sheaf arose and stood upright; and behold, your sheaves gathered round it, and bowed down to my sheaf.” His brothers said to him, “Are you indeed to reign over us? Or are you indeed to have dominion over us?” So they hated him yet more for his dreams and for his words.

Genesis 37:1-8

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Daily Devotionals

Galatians 3:27-29

“As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to the promise.” Galatians 3:27-29

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Renew your spirit, even when you’re busy

It’s been an unusually busy summer for Marsha and I. While we typically have time to rest and renew during the summer months, this year has been filled with various projects and tasks that have consumed much of our time and made it nearly impossible for much rest and relaxation.  Can you relate?  As summer […]

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Your word is a lamp

In about my third year of youth ministry, I was visiting with one of my students. He had been coming to our youth group about as long as I had been the youth director. I knew that he had not been at many churches before, but a friend had invited him to Six Flags, and I asked that any friends that come to Six Flags with us would have to come to at least one youth event before. He came to that youth event and to Six Flags and was hooked! He was so faithful to Sunday nights, Wednesday nights, and started coming on Sunday mornings as well. He was also excited to jump in to our special events over the summer like Dayspring Camp and Youth Force.

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